Celestyal Cruises Names Leslie Peden President, North America
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Celestyal Cruises has announced the appointment of industry veteran Leslie Peden as President, North America, where he will be responsible for driving business growth for the Greece-based cruise line.
Peden brings over 30 years of experience in cruising, tour operations, air and rail travel, and has served in senior management and executive roles for companies including Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Holidays Cruises and Island Cruises.
A British national, Peden held full P&L responsibility for Virgin Holidays Cruises and the integration of this business unit into the wider Virgin Travel Group.
“We are excited to bring Mr. Peden on board. He is an industry standout and an innovator who brings decades of travel expertise, with an emphasis on cruising,” says Celestyal CEO Kyriakos Anastassiadis.
“We expect he will bring immeasurable enthusiasm to his role and we look forward to him achieving tremendous success in North America.”
Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief
An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.